We’re finishing up Week 2 of our My Amazing Body theme and the little guy and I are both loving it. So far, we’ve only skipped one activity and that was more because of the weather than anything else. I’m hoping to get outside and do it this week, though. Unfortunately we had lots of rain last week.
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Each month, the Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassadors choose a focus topic to write about and this month, it’s all about routines. Since I work at home and homeschool, I thought it’d be fun to share what a typical day looks like for us. If you’re interested in a day in the life of a work-at-home, homeschooling mama, then definitely keep reading.
9 AM – We usually get up around 9 AM – 10 AM, depending upon exactly what we have planned for the day. There are a few mornings each week that we have activities scheduled, so we get up a little earlier than normal. And not one of us is actually a morning person, so… We sleep in whenever we can. One of the perks of doing things homeschool-style, right?
10 AM – Breakfast and read alouds. There are a few suggested books for each of the weekly topics as well as library books, and books we already have. I love to read and breakfast is an awesome time for the two of us to sit down together and do exactly that.
11 AM – One day each week, we go to Preschool Story Time at the library. And of course the little guy has Gymnastics once a week too. Either way, I almost always try to schedule activities and appointments around 11 AM. By this point, we’re both up, he’s eaten breakfast, and we’re ready to roll. Much earlier than this and we’re forced to set alarms, which I definitely don’t miss.
12 PM – Most of the time, we’re home by noon and we have a snack, take Zeus B for a walk, and hang out for a while. Sometimes the little guy plays with his pap-pap who lives not too far from us and other times he plays in the sandbox or rides his tricycle.
1 PM – Mother Goose Time starts with Calendar + Weather and introducing the daily topic. After that, the little guy and I work together on the Community Challenge and then do the Make & Play or Invitation to Create. There is almost always a Math + Reasoning activity as well as a Language + Literacy activity and we wrap things up with the Investigation Station and the Reflection activities.
2 PM – Lunch with daddy. This is our family meal each day. Because my husband and I both work second shift, he leaves around 3 PM and doesn’t get home until much later. Most days, the little guy is in bed before daddy gets home, so…
3 PM – This mama starts doing work-related stuff, which mean the little guy hangs out in the studio. He spends lots of time working with the puzzles and games on our Montessori-style shelves and at least a few different sensory activities that I rotate. For the most part, the little guy knows and follows the rules with his “school stuff.” And there are also quite a few toys in the studio – trucks and cars, blocks, etc.
The rest of our evening largely depends upon how busy I am with work stuff. Some nights, it feels like I do absolutely nothing except sit in front of my laptop. Other nights, we just kinda hang out. Either way, we’re at home together and that’s what’s important. I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for anything. I love watching the little guy explore and learn.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our My Amazing Body theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.
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